A Month of Taking A Daily Video

A few months ago I watched Cesar Kuriyama’s TED talk about recording a one-second video every day.

For the month of September, I decided to do the same thing – except I recorded 3 seconds per day rather than 1 second. Here’s my September compilation:

For October I decided to continue with [Read more...]

A Month of Being Green

Food in Mason Jars

A few types of food that I now buy in a more environmentally friendly way (in bulk, in my own re-used containers). From left to right: Oats, Sliced Almonds, Chickpeas, Sunflower Seeds, Lentils, Quinoa, Sesame Seeds.

In August I decided to learn about the state of the world from an environmental perspective, and also learn what changes I could make myself to have less of an impact.

There are a ton of environmental issues, but I ended up focusing primarily on two of the major ones:

Climate Change:  We’re in a lot of trouble if we don’t change the trend.

Waste (specifically plastic):  The problem with plastic is that we produce a huge amount of it (just look down an aisle in any grocery store) and it never goes away. This month I learned that unlike glass & metal which can theoretically be recycled indefinitely, plastic usually either:

  • Doesn’t get recycled (a lot of the plastic that you put in your recycle bin simply takes a more expensive route to landfill because there’s no market for it), OR
  • Gets “downcycled” into other products like polyester which itself never breaks down and ends its life in landfill or the environment.

We’re producing a never-ending quantity of plastic on a finite earth, and poisoning the planet in the process.

To educate myself about these issues, [Read more...]

A Month of Art

Pencil drawing of Adriana Lima with no makeup

My first drawing, after a few quick practice sketches. This was an attempt to copy a photograph of a model that I found online when I did a Google search for “no makeup”. Her name is Adriana Lima.  Here is the original photo.

I’ve never understood most art (especially modern art) and with the exception of two ~30 minute sketches that I can remember, I’d never tried to draw or paint anything since elementary school.

I’ve always admired highly realistic art like Robert Bateman’s paintings, but I didn’t “get” art that wasn’t representative.

So last month I decided that I’d try to learn how to do and understand art. [Read more...]

A Month of Google Plus

I know someone who has over 2 million followers on Google Plus. Inspired by her success, I decided to dust off my profile that I’d never really used and spend a month becoming a G+ celebrity like her.

I didn’t have a concrete goal, but hoped that I’d make interesting or useful connections with people, learn new things, drive traffic to this blog, and get some exposure for the company I work for.

I spent about an hour a day on G+. I updated my profile, followed a whole lot of people, joined communities based on my interests, participated in discussions, and created & shared posts.

It was hard. Not hard like climbing Mount Everest hard, but [Read more...]

A Month of Polyphasic Sleep

Monophasic Sleep - Typical Night - Zeo Graph

A typical night’s sleep from BEFORE I started polyphasic sleeping. This graph is from the night of Feb 11. Each bar in the graph represents 5 minutes of sleep. Time awake is 0:00 because it only counts only times woken up DURING the night; not time awake before falling asleep or after waking up in the morning.

They say there’s a way to add more waking hours into each day.  It’s called “polyphasic sleep”.  I’ve always wanted more waking hours (who wouldn’t?) so I decided to try polyphasic sleep for a month.

The idea is that by having naps throughout the day (“polyphasic sleep”), rather than by sleeping just once at night (“monophasic sleep”), you can get by on dramatically less sleep overall. [Read more...]